New Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis to be Offered in Fall 2011

New Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis to be Offered in Fall 2011

Director of Nicholas Institute Center to Lead Program


N.C. – Armed with a new Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis, professional
masters students in four schools at Duke University will soon be able to prove
to prospective employers that they have what it takes to be innovators in making
corporate sustainability profitable. 


The new
two-year Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis (SSA) program will start
in fall 2011.  It will give students
in-depth working knowledge of the economic, environmental, technological and
social forces driving sustainability in the global marketplace today. 


program will be open to students pursuing degrees in environmental management
at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, engineering management at the
Pratt School of Engineering, public policy at the Sanford School of Public
Policy, and business administration at the Fuqua School of Business. The Nicholas School will administer the certificate.


the SSA certificate, students will be able to show employers that they have the
skills, knowledge and training needed to create and manage sustainable products
and services that add value to the organization,” said SSA program director Jay
Golden. Golden is director of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce
at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and associate
professor of the practice in Nicholas School’s Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences. 


the SSA certificate on their resumes will make students competitive for jobs in
the private for-profit sector, including global manufacturing, retailing,
engineering, construction, service and consulting firms, as well as in the
public and non-profit sectors, Golden says.


earn the SSA certificate, students will be required to complete two core
courses on sustainability science and sustainable systems theory; an approved
elective; and a capstone project.  They
also can take part in an optional summer internship and in year-round
educational and networking activities, including the Nicholas School Corporate
Connections Lecture Series and the Nicholas Institute Thought Leaders Lecture


expected that most or all of the courses required for the certificate can be
used to fulfill other graduate degree requirements.


broad enough to address the future-career needs of students in many disciplines,
the SSA certificate curriculum will focus on three core areas, Golden says:  In-depth knowledge of sustainability sciences
and sustainable systems theory as applied to global commerce; theoretical
foundations and hands-on training in analytics to measure organizational or
technological innovations in sustainability; and multi-disciplinary project
management skills.